Netflix is back in the controversy again, this time in India, because of the “kiss” that appeared in one of the scenes of a series based on a well-known Indian novel.
The series, called “A Suitable Boy,” deals with the emotional life of a young Hindu woman and is adapted from the award-winning novel by Indian author Vikram Seth.
In one of the scenes of the series, the woman appeared kissing a Muslim man in a Hindu temple, which sparked widespread controversy in the country.
And as a result of that scene, the hashtag “BoycottNetflix” spread on Twitter in India, according to local media reports.
“He has asked the police to examine this controversial content,” the Minister of Home Affairs in the Madhya Pradesh government, Narutam Mishra, said on Twitter.
“This content is strongly rejected and hurts the feelings of people of a certain religion,” added Mishra, a member of the Hindu Nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, pointing out that he is looking into the legal measures that can be taken, according to what CNN reported.
For his part, the youth leader of the BJP, Gaurav Tiwari, said he had filed a separate complaint against the vice president of Netflix content and the director of public policy in connection with the series.
Madhya Pradesh police registered a complaint from Tiwari, accusing Netflix of committing “intentional or malicious acts aimed at stirring up religious feelings.”
Under Indian law, such an offense can be punishable by up to three years in prison or a fine, or both.
This is not the first time that Netflix has faced such a campaign. Last September, it called on thousands of Internet users to boycott the company for including the French movie “Minion” on its platform.
Tweeters considered that this feature film “gives a sexual character” to the girls who play the starring roles in it.
“Minion”, who won the Best Director Award at the Sundance Festival, deals with the story of an eleven-year-old Parisian girl named Amy, who tries to reconcile the strict principles of education in her Senegalese family with the requirements of keeping pace with the dominance of appearances and social networks over her generation and children of her age.
Amy joins a dance troupe that includes her with three other girls from her neighborhood, and they perform dances that sometimes suggest a bit of porn, like those performed by many of the current pop stars.